Meet Our Staff

Get to Know our Massage Therapists

Tara Thompson Massage Therapist

Tara Zinn

Tara Zinn is the Owner and Founder of Downtown Omaha Massage. Her passion for massage and wellness extends beyond her massage practice. Tara is also a Holistic Living Coach with Envision Success, Inc. She focuses on creating clear communication, goal setting and accountability, digging deep and taking action as well as creating a mindful & present lifestyle. To learn more visit www.envisionsuccessinc.com. Tara travels the world with Spa Rituals as an Ambassador and is currently working in California to further her knowledge and growth as an educator, coach and bodyworker.

She has hand picked and mentored Julia, Haley, Hilary and Michelle to share their gifts of healing and wealth of knowledge with the community. Downtown Omaha Massage believes strongly that educating the client on the importance of mind and body connection helps bring balance to the clients life!

Julia Beutler Massage Therapist

Julia Beutler

Julia Beutler graduated from the Omaha School of Massage Therapy and has been a licensed massage therapist with Downtown Omaha Massage since 2009. She began her healing arts journey because of an initial fascination with the human body and that passion grew into a deeper curiosity and understanding of the incredible connection of mind, body and spirit. Over the last decade, she has thoroughly enjoyed furthering her education from her mentors and a variety of continuing education courses. One of her favorite modalities to learn and expand has been Thai Yoga Massage. Julia has also taken two in depth herbal medicine programs and loves to incorporate the healing power of herbs into customized massage treatments. Her most recent adventure has been a deep dive into Yoga. She graduated from the 200 hour teacher certification program at Yoga Now in 2017 and has also been a mentor through this program. She has a passion for learning and looks forward to sharing the invaluable knowledge she gains with her community.

Haley Martin Massage Therapist

Haley Martin

Haley Martin attended the Omaha School of Massage and Healthcare in 2010. She is Nebraska State Licensed and a member of the American Massage Therapy Association.

Haley has further her knowledge of the human body and mind by taking a structural integration program called Hellerwork in 2017. She is a Certified Hellerwork Structural Integration Practitioner.

Haley has always believed that we are our own healers and she empowers all of her clients to believe this. Hellerwork has given her more tools to help guide and encourage her clients to take their own happiness and comfort into their own hands. She does this by bringing the clients skeleton system into alignment with gravity. Along with using somatic dialogue with the clients to help embody themselves by feeling where emotions sit in the body. Then she takes them through a movement lesson to help them keep this new structure/posture.

Haley is the kind of therapist that wants to dig deep to find the root of the cause. Through Hellerwork Structural Integration we, the client and practitioner can take off layer by layer until we find the roots. Haley believes that when we become conscious and aware of our own patterns and beliefs, we have the ability to heal. When we heal ourselves, we help to change the world.

Haley is also trained in myofascial/deep tissue, cupping/gua sha, pregnancy massage, hot stone and Himalayan salt, reflexology, and vibrational sound massage using singing bowls.

Michelle Gress Massage Therapist

Michelle Gress

Downtown Omaha Massage is excited to present Michelle Gress, LMT. Experience her gentle, powerful healing techniques for yourself through Reiki, Comfort Touch Therapy or a relaxation Swedish massage.

Michelle is a graduate of the Universal College of Healing Arts, Reiki Master & avid Karma Yoga practitioner.Her heart-centered way of being & strong presence create a warm, receptive & safe space for deep relaxation & transformation.

Rania Baxter Massage Therapist

Rania Baxter

Rania began her journey in 2004 as a graduate of the Chicago School of Massage Therapy. Since graduation, she continued to study and learn in a variety of settings, growing her knowledge and skills, to allow her to better create your individualized, ideal massage. Rania will take a few moments to talk with, and listen carefully to you and then develop a therapy session specially designed for your needs that day. Whether that is therapeutic, injury relief or relaxation, she will provide a massage to suit you.

She is Nationally Board Certified, Licensed in the State of Nebraska and a member of the American Massage Therapy Association. Rania loves the healing arts, and continues to devote time to learn new ways to help her clients. In addition to being a Reiki Practitioner, she holds additional certifications in Pre-Natal, Comfort Touch, and Pediatric Massage. Rania truly looks forward to being a part of your wellness plan.

Zahra Allen - Massage Therapist

Zahra Allen

Zahra is a graduate of the Omaha School of Massage and Healthcare. She is a member of the American Massage Therapy Association and is a Nebraska state licensed massage therapist. She first began her journey pursuing a nursing degree. After deciding nursing wasn’t her chosen career path, she ventured into the field of bodywork. With the gift of compassion and a dedicated drive to help others, massage therapy was a perfect fit. She utilizes a combination of listening to her clients’ needs and using her intuitive touch to create a truly therapeutic experience. She is skilled in full-body Swedish techniques, deep-tissue, hot stone, and prenatal massage. Zahra is continuously implementing new ways to improve her techniques, advance her skill set, and expand her knowledge of massage modalities. She is consistently being mentored, ensuring congruous growth in her massage practice.

Having an interest in the medical field, Zahra has a natural passion for health and wellness. She understands the importance of total body wellness and embodies the process of bringing balance to the mind, body and spirit. She believes educating her clients, helps to set and maintain their wellness goals. Zahra possesses a genuine fascination of the endless benefits of massage, and her gentle, warm spirit brings a sense of comfort to all.

Kara Heckeroth Massage Therapist

Kara Heckeroth

Kara Heckeroth is a 2010 graduate of Omaha’s Universal College of Healing Arts (UCHA) and a Reiki Master.  She has had the privilege to work with the athletes at the Olympic Swim Trials the last 2 times they were in Omaha.

After listening to her client’s concerns and goals, Kara uses here training and intuition to determine what treatment her clients need during their session together.  Kara creates a customized massage combining Swedish therapeutic massage with elements from sports massage, deep tissue, trigger point, myofascial release, reflexology, aromatherapy, and Reiki.

It is Kara’s mission as a massage therapist to provide a supportive, nurturing and healing experience.  A session with Kara will leave the client with a feeling of renewal and peace.  Kara believes that we all need more kindness in our lives and the best place to begin is with ourselves.

Loy Branson Massage Therapist

Loy Branson

Loy attended the Omaha School of Massage of Herzing University.  She is certified and licensed to massage in Nebraska, and is a part of the American Massage Therapy Association. She has taken courses in Deep Tissue, Pregnancy, and Myofascial/Craniosacral Release, and is excited to to learn many more modalities in the years to come.
Loy has been interested in Therapeutic Massage for years, and has a deep appreciation for holistic, natural, and healthy living.  She hopes to guide others to achieve balance from within through the process of teaching, evolving, and healing with therapeutic touch.